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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "waiting for your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. George Arthur" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 03:19:06 -0700
Subject: Loan Offer
I am a broker and agent of project financing firm who has cutting edge and group capital fund, they can finance any project and help you to enhance your business plan; their financial instruments can be used to trade internationally irrespective of location. They specialize in SBLCs/BGs, Bitcoin buy and sell, Non collateral loan and other financial instruments from triple AAA rated banks (Prime Banks in the world). If you are in need of loan to run your business or execute projects, this company can grant you the loan with less interest rate of 3% per annum and they can as well go into investment partnership with you for short or long term investment programs.
Humbly get back to me if you are in need of loan or SBLC or investment partnership or purchase/buy of Bitcoin. Waiting for your urgent response.
Mr. George Arthur